Hot Weekend

Even though it was 100+ outside, it did not keep us indoors. Carter kicked off the weekend with a baseball game Saturday morning, followed by his birthday party in the afternoon. On Sunday, Carter and Emery had a blast shooting some rockets off with the Boy Scouts.


It was a little early in the month but we had a nice annual birthday dinner with the Stubler’s to celebrate Grandpa Stubler and me getting older.

Saturday, started off in the best way with Carter scoring his very first game gooooaaallll in soccer. I’m so proud of the kid, he has really been working his butt off so it was great to see it finally pay off.

There was a little game (the Super Bowl) that helped us wrap up the weekend. Unfortunately, our party got canceled, but made our own party at home and had a blast watching it as a family on the big screen.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Emery!

Emery is officially three years old. She is such a little miracle, that it is hard to believe all of the craziness that we (mostly Julie) had to go through to bring her into this world. It’s been such a gift to be her dad, and I have loved every minute of it. Onward we go! I think its time we try for another – psych! 🙂 (Just wanted to see who actually reads this)

P.S. She had a gymnastics party and a ballerina theme.

Emery is 2

Emery is growing up so fast. She is now navigating the house so well that we took down the baby gates. It is nice to be able to move around the house without having to jump over obstacles. The other thing that she is getting good at is using the big girl potty. It’s just a matter of time before we pull the trigger and quit diapers cold-turkey.

Emery’s vocabulary is growing too. Her new favorite thing to say is “I do it.” From putting on her coat to picking out her own cup, she always needs to be doing it herself. Although she can’t do it all, she loves having ponytails in and her boots on. Love her!


Comcast Cares

The cold rainy weather didn’t keep a 100 volunteers from coming out for Comcast Cares Day this year. My family decided to stay home, but I braved the weather to help cleanup and mulch a forest preserve in Naperville.

On Sunday, Carter went to a birthday party for Nathan, a friend from school. It was at Players indoor sports center where the kids played a bunch of great games like tag and soccer…. and of course had yummy pizza and cake.

Emery’s Birthday Party

    Emery had a great winter ONEderland birthday celebration. She was the center of attention and really seemed to enjoy herself. She loved her very own special carrot cake smash cupcake. Carter eagerly helped and blew out the candle for her too! She was also very fortunate to receive many nice gifts. Thanks to all of the friends and family who came to celebrate, it really means a lot to us.



    Also, here is a video I made for the party. It captures moments from Emery’s first year.

Happy Birthday Emery!

One year ago, after a long struggle, we were finally blessed with our baby girl.

Emery is so proud of herself, you can see it in her face after she does something new. She now walks, hugs, climbs, and sometimes even wrestles with me. She is already off of formula and very soon moving off of bottles. What a big girl…

Happy first birthday, Emery! Your mom, brother and I love you so much and are so thankful you’ve made our family perfectly complete.

emery and momma2



Camping and Birthday Parties

We had another full weekend! Saturday morning started with our usual trip to the Farmer’s Marker in Downtown Naperville. After that, Carter and Dad went to t-ball, while Emery and mom went home to prepare for her 6 month photoshoot with LiliBean Photo. Emery did so great and smiled a ton!

As Emery was getting her pictures taken, Carter was getting ready for his neighbor buddy Blake’s superhero birthday party. Happy third Birthday to Blake! later that evening, Carter and dad set up a tent in the back yard and “camped.” Blake came back over and both boys brought their sleeping bags and played in the tent together and had a great time.

Then, it was more pizza and cake for Carter on Sunday. Carter and mom went to Airtastic in Aurora, to celebrate his friend from school Sahana’s, fourth birthday. airtastic We wrapped up the weekend with a trip to the clubhouse for swim and sand castle building. It was a bit chilly and windy, but didn’t stop Carter and mom from jumping right in!


Happy Birthday Carter

Carter is growing up so fast! He just turned 4 this week and we celebrated with a full weekend of activities. It all started with grandma and grandpa Stubler taking Carter and me to a the Cubs/Pirates Game. It didn’t turn out too good for grandma, Cubs WIN!

Saturday was Carter’s first big friends birthday party. It was the biggest and best LEGO Birthday party ever! Carter and all his friends spent the afternoon swimming and eat cake at our neighborhood clubhouse. Of course Carter got a ton of LEGOs and on Sunday we spent the entire day building the huge LEGO stash.

There is only one way that you can end a perfect birthday weekend… ice cream!






Happy Birthday(s)…

We had a couple birthday celebrations this weekend… Olivia Clark and Grandpa Stubler both did a +1. Carter got to go both of the parties and had a blast. Carter and Julie went to Sullivan’s Steakhouse for Grandpa’s birthday before him and Grandma Stubler went to Florida for the week. The next day, Carter and I went to the Lowe’s build workshop, and I also got to take him to Olivia’s first birthday pizza party. The balloon guy at Olivia’s party was a big hit because he built us an awesome TRAIN!

This weekend was a little busy, but much of the time we all hung out in the basement playing Legos. I brought my new camera down one night and caught Julie and Emery getting their groove on… video below (against Julie’s wishes) :).